How can I love myself a little bit more today?
Another of my favorite teachings from Louise Hay's list of how to love yourself starting right now:
Be Gentle and Kind and Patient With Yourself
Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.
a good example of patience is a garden. It begins with a patch of dirt and then we add some seeds and we water it and it receives sunshine and we give it some loving attention. At first it "appears" that nothing is happening but if we are "patient" things will change and the garden will grow and bloom. If we plant tomato seeds do we keep going back and uncovering the dirt to see the progress? Of course not - we practice patience.
We can think about our minds like gardens. The question is what kind of a garden would you like - what kind of a life - what kind of experiences would you like to have? That said, what kind of seeds would you select in order for that to happen? We need to select the right thoughts to create the experiences we want to happen. Next we plant those thoughts (repetition of positive affirmations) in the fertile soil of our subconscious minds. If we pay attention (mindfulness), if we take care of them then one day we will reap a harvest and manifest all the things we intended.
Becoming more patient and kind to ourselves is the nourishment along with watching out (mindfulness) for the weeds (the negative thoughts) that pop up...we are going to want to pull them out as soon as we notice!
How about we treat ourselves like someone we really really like today and plant beautiful gardens in our minds?